In this series we are speaking to inspiring modern women and having them share their morning rituals and secrets with us. Here is a peek into the small town sanctuary Sally has created with her husband and daughter.
Tell us about yourself.
I’m a realtor with William Raveis Baer & McIntosh in the Hudson Valley – 25 Miles North of NYC is a charming Victorian river village called Nyack. I live here with my dreamy husband Richard, my little lady Nina, and black cat named Vladimir. We moved here from Brooklyn two years ago and never looked back. http://sally.baerhomes.com
What time do you wake up in the morning?
My morning starts around 7:00am when my 2 1/2-year-old daughter jumps in bed with us. We all cuddle on the couch, Richard makes us coffee (I know, he rules) and we flip between the news and Peppa Pig. I check the real estate market and send some emails. After breakfast when everyone goes to work/daycare I get to do some yoga or take a quick jog on the nature trail by my house.
What’s your coffee / coffee drink of choice?
We get great local coffee, either from our friends at Oslo in Brooklyn or Bear Mtn Coffee at my market. We grind it and use a Bialatti on the stove or the French press, and I love mine with almond milk and a dash of honey lately.
What’s been a favorite or coveted place of yours to enjoy a cup of coffee?
I hardly ever drink coffee on the go, I’m quite French about it! My favorite place to enjoy my coffee is with my husband and girlie, squished on the couch, or in our back patio under the bamboo – and we take our time.
What’s the last thing that inspired you?
One of my dearest, most talented and creative friends started a clothing/lifestyle company with her equally amazing sister – how rad is that?!
What’s a favorite morning beauty, food, or get moving tip you may have?
I love a cold blast of water in the shower to get the circulation going – it always gives me an instant mood and energy lift if I have a big day ahead of me. For breakfast its always either oatmeal with fresh seasonal fruit or eggs with a smoothie – I never skip breakfast. I use Nina’s baby lotions from Honest Co or Mustela on my face. It is so gentle, softening, and smells like my little love, and I keep coconut oil in practically every room in my house.
How do you relax/take time for yourself daily?
My job can get really stressful. Being a mom and housewife also adds to the mix so its super important that I make a point to make time for myself. I make sure to do a little something every morning, whether it’s 20 minutes of yoga, running a couple miles or even taking 10 minutes to just breathe – I’m not the best at meditation but I try! My favorite thing is when we go for a family bike ride at dusk or a swim at our pool club if it’s a warm evening – we all get to reconnect and ground ourselves.
What does your ideal day of rest look like?
Ideally we would go surfing or my husband would get me to ride dirtbikes all morning then later I would make us all a nice early dinner feast. Then it’s red wine, dark chocolate and an old movie.